Note: This post is sponsored by BSA and The Motherhood, but all adventures and opinions are my own!
If you know my family, you know that scouting is important to us. We have something going almost every weekend with our Cub Scout Pack. Buddy is a Webelos 1 rank; next year Little Man will be joining Cub Scouts as a Tiger. I can’t believe how fast time flies! I started off our Cub Scout adventures with Buddy as his Den Leader. I have since stepped down to co-leader for him and am now our Pack Trainer. My husband started off as Cubmaster 2 years ago, but when our Committee Chair left, he stepped up to that position. We believe that if you want the adventure and program to be good for your boy that it’s up to you to make it happen.
Yesterday I went with Buddy, along the rest of the Webelos in our Pack, to Willowbrook Wildlife Center to learn about how we can help wild animals. We learned about flyways, venomous vs. poisonous, how our garbage can impact the animals (by getting stuck in yogurt containers or milk carton rings), and what happens when animals get rabies. It was a great learning experience for the boys and I was so proud how they all sat and listened well and were engaged and asking questions. After the classroom session they were able to go and see the injured and orphaned animals they had on site.
Last weekend our whole family got to go camping with Cub Scouts at our Council’s Family Camp. We go every year and love it. It’s a chance for everyone to try things such as archery, BB guns, crafts, cooking, and what it’s like to camp as a scout.
Every year we participate in our town’s parade. The boys get to go out and tell everyone about how to join Scouts and show people how much fun it is. I love how the boys learn about Civics and how to be good civilians. They learn to be honest and respectful in scouting.
A Scout is:
- and Reverent.
Why Build an Adventure?
- Parents today are busy – constantly pressured by the challenge to balance work and home. Even as they’re working harder than ever, it’s as important to them as ever to spend quality time with their children. Studies show that parents report feeling rushed and stressed by juggling work and home – finding it increasingly difficult to balance these responsibilities (source).
- Youth today are spending less time outside and more time with technology and parents are increasingly concerned that this screen time is robbing their kids of real world experiences (source). The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in outdoor play each day (source), and youth ages 8-18 devote an average of more than 7 hours a day to using entertainment media across a typical day (source).
- With constant time pressure for parents and mounting screen time and decreasing outdoor play time for kids, Scouting helps to make the most of the little time parents have to make a positive impact on children.
Our kids are getting so many experiences and adventures that they would never get if not for Scouting. The above video was taken at Airfest this August. The kids all got to take part in “tug-a-plane”. How many of us can say we’ve ever done that? Scouting is an amazing adventure. Our Pack is very busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Has your son (or daughter) been in scouting? Did you volunteer as well? If you haven’t joined yet, give it some thought, because it’s a great thing for kids!
To see other’s adventures, check out Boy Scouts of America on Facebook and Twitter. Also check out the hashtag #BuildAnAdventure on all Social Media Outlets. I posted a ton of pictures from the last two weeks of scouting on Instagram there.